The Oakland A’s did not have a choice but to designate Daniel Gosset for assignment on Friday.
There was a time when Daniel Gossett was considered a part of the Oakland A’s future. A second round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, he moved rapidly through the system, reaching AAA by the end of 2016. Gossett would make his major league debut the following year, and was looking to establish himself in Oakland, when he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Still a part of the 40 man roster, his spot had been in jeopardy with the return of Daniel Mengden. The anticipated move became official on Friday, as Gossett was designated for assignment as part of a series of moves before Opening Day.
Gossett had not found success at the major league level prior to his injury. In his 115.2 innings in Oakland, he had posted a 5.91 ERA and a 1.556 WHiP, striking out 84 batters with 39 walks. Those numbers are just not good enough, even with the A’s needing pitching depth.
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But Gossett does have a solid track record in the minors, particularly at AAA. In his 128.2 innings in the Pacific Coast League, he has posted a 2.87 ERA and a 1.154 WHiP, striking out 117 batters with 43 walks. He also pitched well in his 14 innings in the Arizona Fall League this past fall, allowing just four runs on ten hits and three walks, striking out 12 batters.
With teams looking for additional pitching depth, it would not be a surprise if another franchise looks to acquire his services. The A’s may not receive much back, likely a player to be named later given that only players on the 60 man roster can be dealt, but there could be some sort of return.
Gossett could also be attractive in that he has one final minor league option remaining. If a team looks to bring him on board, he would be able to remain in their auxiliary camp until needed, while proving that he is healthy and ready to pitch. At just 27 years old, and with his minor league track record, Gossett could be a useful piece.
It just will not be with the Oakland A’s. Daniel Gossett has been designated for assignment in what was seemingly an inevitable move.